Part of the “Longman Classics in Political Science” series, this renowned book, known for a lively writing style, provocative point of view, and exceptional scholarship, has been thoroughly revised and updated, including up-to-the-minute case studies and the latest research.
This favorite of both instructors and students is a 'behind-the-scenes' tour of news in American politics. The core question explored in this book is: How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In investigating this question, the book examines how various political actors – from presidents and members of Congress, to interest organizations and citizen-activists – try to get their messages into the news.
Uses a framework of the 'four news biases' (personalization, dramatization, fragmentation, and authority-disorder) to help students grasp the vital significance to the American political process of the relationships among the media, politics, and public opinion.
In addition to an abundance of new examples as well as completely updated references, there are several important changes to the new edition including:
· Chapter 1 is greatly streamlined and outlines the key issues in press-politics that define the book.
· New case studies in several chapters, including Chapter 1’s examination of Stephen Colbert’s famous White House press dinner speech, which emphasizes the importance of political comedy programs for providing perspective when journalists face professional constraints.
· A greatly revised Chapter 3 on public opinion includes new “insider” material on polling and coverage of the news-driven nature of polls.
Offers substantially increased coverage on digital media and citizen information networks, while emphasizing that these technologies are often fragmented and still require mass media to aggregate viewpoints.
Foreword by Doris Graber
CHAPTER 1 THE NEWS ABOUT DEMOCRACY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM
CHAPTER 2 NEWS CONTENT: FOUR INFORMATION BIASES THAT MATTER
CHAPTER 3 THE NEWS AUDIENCE: INFORMATION PROCESSING AND PUBLIC OPINION
CHAPTER 4 THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF NEWS
CHAPTER 5 HOW POLITICIANS MAKE THE NEWS
CHAPTER 6 HOW JOURNALISTS REPORT THE NEWS
CHAPTER 7 INSIDE THE PROFESSION: OBJECTIVITY AND POLITICAL AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 8 ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS DEMOCRACY: SOLUTIONS FOR CITIZENS, POLITICIANS, AND JOURNALISTS
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…[T]his book is excellent. It is well-organized, incisively written, and suffused with vivid examples from social science and the news itself to illustrate Bennett’s arguments about the nature–and shortcomings–of the news.
--Danny Hayes, Syracuse University
Part of the Longman Classics in Political Science series, this renowned text–known for its lively writing style, provocative point of view, and exceptional scholarship–has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the most current case studies and the latest research. A favorite of students and instructors alike, this behind-the-scenes tour of the American media explores the central question: How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In examining this question, the text discusses how various political actors–from presidents and members of Congress, to interest organizations and citizen activists–try to convey their messages through the news.
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